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Doctor Philip Greenspun, About the Oracle Documentation you say "I can't for the life of me figure out why this isn't simply available at www.oracle.com but it isn't.". However, Oracle has all of their documentation on its technical site: technet.oracle.com. You have to register yourself to access the technet but it's free. Besides, nowadays, everybody asks for registering. Even to add this comment! :)) For instance, the Oracle8i Server Documentation, Release 8.1.5 may be found at http://technet.oracle.com/doc/server815.htm. Best regards and thank for your nice site, Pedro Bizarro